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The moon rises behind the skyline of lower Manhattan as the Tribute in Light is illuminated next to One World Trade Center (at left) during events marking the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, seen from Jersey City, N.J., September 11, 2014. (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

New York marked 20 years since the attack on the World Trade Center on Saturday, with a ceremony at Ground Zero.

A moment of silence is held for when Flight 77 struck the Pentagon pic.twitter.com/jiz94gHbcH

— The Hill (@thehill) September 11, 2021

Church bells and sirens sounded across the city at 8:46 a.m. and 9:03 a.m., the exact minutes when planes crashed into the Twin Towers. At Ground Zero as well, a bell was chimed to mark the crashes while attendees held moments of silence. Following the bell marking the second crash, Bruce Springsteen performed his song “I’ll See You in My Dreams:”

The #911Anniversary ceremony in New York is heartbreaking to watch.

Such a long list of names being read out right now, including many by young family members who never got to meet them.

Also this Bruce Springsteen performance – so moving and apt.


— Kelly-Leigh Cooper (@kl_coop) September 11, 2021

A third moment of silence was held at 9:37 a.m., to mark the moment when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon. The bell was chimed again at 10:03 a.m., the moment when United Flight 93 crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pa., following a struggle between passengers and hijackers.

Family members read the names of those killed in the attacks, as is traditionally done every year. The reading and ceremony took place in-person this year, after the reading of names was prerecorded in 2020 to avoid gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic. Many of those participating in the name-reading ceremony this year were not yet born when relatives lost their lives in the attacks.

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